Even as the winds call George Shaw home, there’s still more than a few shows to be seen…
Light Giver, Light Taker
The Moon is Asleep (production still)
Borne Frieze is the third exhibition by South African artist Robin Rhode at Lehmann Maupin. The title is an adaptation of the term “Born Frees” which refers to people born after the end of apartheid. In his multi-faceted practice, Rhode likes to contrast old social and political ideals with the desires of today in which freedom and potential exist within the borders of his country. Rhode is predominantly a draughtsman who draws on walls (friezes) with energy and spontaneity, which often renders the subject and work as ephemeral.
Art School 30
Art School 35
Art School 36
Art School 37
Art School 38
At Mitchell-Innes & Nash, the British artist Paul Winstanley presents ten new paintings in his on-going series Art School. Although the subjects came to life originally as a photographic record of empty art school studios during summer vacation in England, Scotland and Wales, the medium-sized panels add a layer of painterly softness to the starkness of these vacated spaces. Standing in the vast gallery rooms looking at depictions of empty spaces which have been hung sparingly, creates a contemplative and evocative atmosphere. The paintings are delicate, beautiful and poetic.
Untitled (Shirts) detail
The Guggenheim Museum is currently showing a thirty-year survey of the Colombian artist Doris Salcedo’s confronting work. Growing up at a time when social injustice, as well as politically motivated torture and murder were a daily reality in the streets of Bogota, Salcedo has spent her career memorialising those who suffered torture, death or simply vanished. Her sculptural works are at once symbolic and visceral, austere and poetic, and they are suffused with reverence and empathy, without being didactic. The slow-burning beauty of this haunting show is simply inescapable.